Sustainable Development in Northern India
After few weeks of personal induction, comprehensive community engagement and countless hours of questions and meetings, it was time for action.
I’ve come from Spain determined to work with alternatives energies in north India bringing fresh air, new ideas and willpower with me. I have special interest in solar systems so I decided to come up with a “Water heating system” combining Solar and Biomass energy sources.
The idea is to build our own solar collector, within the community, adapting it to our needs and environmental conditions.
Once the design draft was done, the next step is to acquire specific materials, which in India, especially in Naddi is difficult to do. So, why not go directly to the solar system experts in Himachal Pradesh?
Our project team decided to go to Chandigarh where we would find a treasure trove of information!
1. Sun Solartech Systems Ltd.
Sun Solartech group manufactures and deals in all types of solar solutions. They specialise in Solar thermal systems, Water heating systems and Photovoltaic panels. We had the chance to see the garage where they build the collectors.
It was really interesting to see the building process in situ and use the opportunity to ask the workers lots of questions about the techniques and materials. They were very accommodating and provided us with useful information.
2. InterSolar Ltd.
The largest solar thermal company in India. You will probably recognise the name if you have a look at the roofs of some buildings.
We had a very pleasant time with the director sharing information and discussing our ideas. They offered to help if possible and invited us to visit his new factory in April.
3. DEPA: Punjab Energy Development Agency
The aim of the agency is to develop policies and strategies with a focus on self-regulation and market principles with the objective of reducing the energy intensity of the Indian economy.
The main functional areas are:
We had the chance to see all the different strategies being implemented to achieve an energy-independent building.
There was no time for more. After 24 intense hours in Chandigarh, we came back to Naddi in an overnight bus with tonnes of information and good vibes.
Next step: start the searching the area for suitable materials & Let’s get down to it!!!
Albert Garcia, Spain
Alternative Energies Project Manager